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Posted by Dino Rossi on 1/24/2016

If it seems like you never have time for a homemade meal, a crockpot may be the answer. When you think crockpot you might be thinking it is something your grandmother used. Crockpot recipes have come a long way since then. Today you can find posts of fabulous slow cooker meals getting a lot of attention on social media sites. Here are just a few reasons why you may want to add a crockpot to your kitchen: 1.  They are inexpensive. You can find a crockpot for about $25. 2. You can put your food in the crockpot in the morning and by dinner time the meal is done. 3. Using a crockpot cooks the food slowly and can improve the flavor. 4. It is easy cleanup, only one pot. 5. You can cook just about any meal. A crockpot is not just for soups and stews. What is your favorite crockpot recipe?

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Categories: Help Around the House  

Posted by Dino Rossi on 12/6/2015

If you are always looking for ways to recycle here is one that you may have never thought of. Don't throw away your old tennis balls, they can "serve" many new uses. Here are just a few ways to feel the "love" from those old tennis balls: 1. Bulb Remover Use half of a ball to remove a warm light bulb from its socket. How to Safely Cut a Tennis Ball • Draw a line around the diameter or the place you want to cut. • For extra stability, secure the tennis ball in a clamp. • Wearing sturdy work gloves, pierce the ball with an X-Acto knife or a box cutter, then slide with steady pressure. (Dead balls give a bit more and are easier to cut.) 2. Comforter Fluffer Speed up the drying time of bedding by tossing a couple of tennis balls in the load. 3. Arm Weights Cut small slits into two balls. Fill with pennies or sand, then seal with tape or superglue. 4. Spa Tool Roll sore feet over tennis balls for a foot massage. 5. Jar Opener Conquer stubborn lids by using the rubber lining of a cut ball to aid your grip. 6. Makeshift Safe Cut a slit in a tennis ball, then place valuables (jewelry, cash, etc.) inside. No one will ever know.

Posted by Dino Rossi on 11/8/2015

Who doesn't love a fresh smelling carpet? Carpet cleaners can contain lots of unknown chemicals and can really do a job on your wallet. Here are a few recipes for homemade carpet freshener.   Recipe #1 Ingredients: 1 cup crushed dried herbs. Use any herbs you like (rosemary, southernwood, or lavender) 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons baking soda 1. Combine all the ingredients in a large jar or other container with a tight-fitting lid. 2. Shake well to blend. 3. Sprinkle some of the mixture on your carpet, let it sit for an hour or so, and then vacuum.   Recipe #2 Ingredients: 2 cups baking soda Essential oil (pick your favorite scent) 2 cups lavender, buds 2 cups rosemary 1. Put 2 cups of baking soda in a glass or ceramic bowl; with the back of a metal spoon get rid of the lumps. 2. Add the essential oil (approximately 20 drops) and mix. 3. Add the lavender and rosemary, mix and then put in a plastic bag or glass container. 4 Let it sit for 2-3 days so the oil can be absorbed into the baking soda (the oil can stain the carpet if it is wet). 5. Sprinkle desired amount on the carpet, leave for a few hours then vacuum.

Posted by Dino Rossi on 10/18/2015

According to recent statistics, one in five people suffer from allergy and asthma symptoms. If you are one of these people, chances are that you've had an allergy attack in your home, with no clear definable cause as to what exactly set your symptoms in motion. Reducing the amount of allergens in your living space is not only beneficial from a cleanliness perspective, but in cleaning your home of potential allergens, you decrease the chances of having another spontaneous attack in your home. Floors - If you live in a home with hardwood floors, then consider yourself lucky. They attract much less dust than carpeting, and are much easier to clean and maintain. If you are in a carpeted home, then consider upgrading your vacuum to one that touts itself as being able to remove microscopic particles and allergens from the carpet. An upgrade in vacuums will usually work wonders for a house with allergy sufferers. Plush toys - Whether they belong to your pet or your child, plush toys are often overlooked as potential carriers of allergens. Make sure you wash them thoroughly on a regular basis. The same is true for pet bedding. Create an (almost) allergy-free room - Designate a room in your home to be the go-to place if you need a break from allergy symptoms. Use your bedroom if possible. Purchase allergen covers and casings for your bedding, keep pets from entering the room, and clean the room more often than you do the rest of the house. Curtains - Drapes, while being an attractive addition to the home, can collect dust, pollen, and mold spores. If you plan to add drapes to your windows, or refuse to give up the drapes you have, be prepared to give them the attention they'll need to keep them dust and allergen-free. Air - If you live in a home with central air, be sure to replace your air filters regularly. Keep your windows closed on days that seem to be giving you trouble, and keep your air setting on recirculate. This will ensure that the air in your home is constantly being scrubbed of potential allergy triggers.

Posted by Dino Rossi on 8/30/2015

You never know when a storm is going to hit and you could find yourself without power. It pays to be prepared for a power outage at all times. Here is a list of things you should keep accessible for use until you can get your power back up and running:

  • Flashlights and fresh batteries
  • Candles or other illumination, battery operated candles are a great option
  • Battery-powered radio and/or television (for news updates)
  • Battery-powered or wind-up clock
  • A land-line telephone that is corded
  • Emergency phone numbers
  • Firewood for heat if you have a fireplace
  • Ice blocks to fill your freezer, a full freezer stays colder longer